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Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Investigations Lead to Convictions

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Luke Joyce
Director of Communications
Department of Justice and Public Safety
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lukejoyce@gov.nl.ca 

Monday, June 13, 2016

There have been a number of convictions in Newfoundland and Labrador in recent weeks related to illegal hunting, trapping and fishing in various locations in the province.

On June 2 at Provincial Court in St. John's, David Gushue of Edmonton, Alberta, plead guilty to hunting big game without a licence and for possessing a firearm and ammunition without a valid big game licence for the area. Mr. Gushue will be sentenced on June 29. The charges and convictions came as the result of an investigation conducted by officers on October 14, 2015, while conducting patrols in the Avalon Wilderness Reserve.

On June 1 at Provincial Court in Harbour Grace, David Williams of New Harbour plead guilty to discharging his firearm from a highway resulting in the harvesting of a moose. Mr. Williams was fined $1,000 and is prohibited from holding a big game licence for a period of five years. The moose, firearm and ammunition were forfeited to the Crown. The charges and convictions came as the result of an investigation conducted by officers on October 10, 2015, after information was received from the public.

Also on June 1 at Provincial Court in Harbour Grace, Randy Thorne of Blaketown, plead guilty to hunting big game without a licence. Mr. Thorne was fined $1,000 and is prohibited from holding a big game licence for a period of five years for hunting big game without a licence and was also fined $100 for possessing a firearm and ammunition without a valid big game licence for the area. The charges and convictions came as the result of an investigation conducted by officers in the Dildo Pond area on January 20, 2016.

On April 28 at Provincial Court in St. John's, Jonathan Ruby of Goulds, plead guilty to trapping without a licence and possessing snares commonly used to take furbearing animals without a licence. Mr. Ruby received a total of $700 in fines and forfeited 19 coyote snares to the Crown.

On April 21 at Provincial Court in Harbor Grace, Gary Mugford of Makinsons plead guilty to hunting big game in a wrong management area, possessing a firearm and ammunition without a valid big game licence for the area and possessing a loaded firearm in a vehicle. Mr. Mugford was issued a $1,200 fine and is prohibited from holding a big game licence for five years.

On March 24, 2016 at Provincial Court in St. John's, Edward Raymond of St. Vincent's, plead guilty to loaning or transferring a big game licence to another person. Mr. Raymond was fined $1,000 and banned from holding a big game licence for five years.

On March 16 at Provincial Court in Grand Falls-Windsor, Jerry Marshall of Exeter, Ontario, was convicted of angling for trout during a closed season and possession of trout caught in contravention of the act. He received a $250 fine and forfeited two fishing rods and reels, seven trout and fish stringer to the Crown.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to protecting the province's resources and to ensuring that they remain available for those who respect legislation concerning the proper management and conservation of fish and game. The public can play a significant role in assisting officers in protecting the province's natural resources by reporting any suspicious activity. This can be done anonymously and toll-free at any time of the day, by calling 1-877-820-0999 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Anonymous online reports can also be submitted at  www.stoppoaching.ca  or  www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

 

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